In my final season coaching at Thomas Jefferson High School I wanted to go out with a bang winning the state title. We went out with a bang making it to the state championship and we choked loosing two games in a row to Ralston Valley a very good team who we had beaten twice this year and owned the last couple years. But we got banged up and did not play our best baseball. As dissappointing as it was as we debriefed after the game I thanked these young men of about 15 seniors many of whom I have coached or been around the last 4 years for the journey. Winning is nice but it is the process of the journey winning or lossing and our responses to the results of the games of life that make our character. It was a very sentimental season for me and I am proud to have got to coach such a dedicated, hard working group of future leaders.
I do remember that God used a state championship lost in 1997 to completly change my life. Baseball, my idendity, my glory, my stats were all my God and it had to get crushed in order for the real Lord of my Life Jesus Christ to be able to take his rightfully earned place in my life. I am praying for the coaches and players that get their identity in a game (baseball as awesome as it is) would see that the only true fullfilment comes from a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. And playing for his glory and using our platform of sports to impact others instead of self worship, pride or even just competition. All the trophies in the world, all the gold medals, all the wins mean nothing in the realm of eternity. When we stand before God we cannot take those with us but the character that is developed from those and the influence we use to impact others can make a mark on history.
Please pray for The Thomas Jefferson Spartans to set the vision on a higher goal. To use their talent to help change communities, young men and families.
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